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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,236 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,236
Reviews: 2,059
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 438
Gots: 1,100 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,236 | Reviews: 2,059
Photo of fscottkey
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [3.25] The beer is a dark reddish-brown. It looks like cider just a bit. There is very little in the way of head formation. I cannot find a date on the bottle. The ABV is listed (11%)

S: [4.00] I get brown sugar as the primary note. Then there are smells of caramel and alcohol. Biscuity breadiness in there too.

T: [4.50] The flavor is similar to the nose. It has a prominent breadiness with candied sugar.

M: [4.25] This has a full body and low carbonation. The finish is long and dry but there is no astringency or off flavors. The 11% alcohol is present but not negative.

O: [4.25] I really like the flavor on this beer. The sweetness and the breadiness play off of each other really well. The mouthfeel is nice and rich. I really wish there were some obvious dates - at 11% it probably doesn't matter - but they need to get on board.

Photo of Jmc181
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a bit better than okay. It looks good in the glass, and the bottling will have you thinking it's either incredible, or you're worthless if you find it otherwise. I'm confident enough to call it like I taste it. It's okay, but there are many better options, especially at this price point...IMO. Strong flavors aren't enough to be great. Try one to see if you disagree...

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-looks great darker than the last and seems to be alot less carbonated
-very fruity slightly hoppy with a orchard like smell
-almost a sour like taste but slightly fruity/ tart, with a nice mellow hop undertone
-ideal feel just a light overpowering alcohol for a blink
- great beer more crafty than its brother and a great experience!

Photo of avishenoy
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Much hops, So wow, such happy.

Photo of nauc
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good. among the best ive had. looks like camel in a glass. very cool

Photo of m_hall
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 bottling. Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint. This ale is a clear mahogany color and is capped by a lingering 1-finger tan head, supported steady carbonation. Lacing is heavy all the way down the glass

Aroma is malty with toffee-like notes, ripe fruits, alcohol, and woody, pine-y hops. Surprisingly, this doesn't seem as intense on the nose as the standard Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Flavors are intense, to say the least. Big malts up front... brown sugar, caramel, toasted nuts, and raisins. A good bit of hop presence follows, but I certainly wouldn't say this beer is in any way over-hopped, there's so much going on here that the bitterness serves as a perfect counterpoint to everything else. The finish is long and hop-y, but very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is rich, slightly oily like a good booze, but this is a surprisingly strongly carbonated ale, so it's not as thick as one might expect. It's far easier to drink (quickly) than a lot of strong-style ales. The alcohol warms both in the mouth and on the way down, very much like Barleywine.

The "Double Bastard" name might have one expecting an even more challenging version of the classic Arrogant Bastard Ale, but this was quite the opposite for me... This has many of the same qualities that make AB so great, but presented in a more 'refined' way. Mind you, this is still a HUGE ale, not for the faint of heart, but it's not as brashly aggressive as it's sibling. A remarkable example of craft brewing, and something every ale connoisseur should try.

Photo of mugsup
3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meh... this is over-rated, you knuckas!

Photo of dmgeng
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a ton of great things about this beer but I have always just overlooked it since it's always on the shelf but I finally gave it a try.

A - Deep ruby, chestnut color similar to Bastard but just a few SRM darker. Crystal clear with rocky egg-shell head and strong lacing.

S - First there is a rich malt, caramel aroma with a bitter hoppy character. The alcohol is stronger in this version and there is also a fruity yeast based character but is not like a Belgian beer but noticeable.

T - Big, strong, and complex flavor. First the rich malt hits the palate like a strong ale should but it is more intense and more complex than Bastard. It has a significant bitter hop character that also fights for dominance on the tongue. Pungent bitterness is matched with the strong maltiness and caramel flavor so it doesn't hurt the tongue. The raisin and yeast fruit character is also there and then after the swallow the alcohol reminds you of the >11% ABV.

M - Heavy mouth-feel. High carbonation. It is the highest carbed strong ale I've had which seems to make the flavors pop more and attempts to lighten the mouth feel. The finish is long, bitter, and hot but some how I really enjoyed the complex flavors burning into my memory.

Overall, a perfect example of the style and a tremendous amount of depth in this beer. Great attributes but just like Bastard this could never be my go-to beer. I understand the following and the respect that this beer gets but it's not going in my top 10.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of PacNWDad
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened the 2008 bottle. Very little head and little carbonation. A real treat to drink. Yeasty and earthy, with lots of oak. A tad sharp in the finish, but what do you expect for a beer that is 7 years old? I would have this one with something that stands up to it well like aged cheddar. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. If you are holding on to this one, I would not continue to age it.

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color with minimum head. Kind of syrupy in quality. Smells of malt and booze. It tastes very sweet with a tad bit of bitterness. The alcohol is very apparent from the first sip. Mild carbonation. I aged it for about 6 months prior to consuming. It was okay, but too boozy for me.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. A gentle and perhaps understated mahogany brown with an orange halo near the bottom of the glass and a single finger of thick, creamy tan foam on top.

Aroma is redolent with burnt sugar, pineapple rings, and piney hops. Deceptively mellow on the nose, at least at first. Does create the impression of hidden power. The first sip reveals layer upon layer of caramel (burnt and raw, co-existing), pineapple juice, papaya spears, spruce needles, mango, and a huge bloom of alcohol that gathers steam over the course of multiple sips. Obviously recalls "single Bastard" but more compressed, if that makes sense ... A deeper, more nutty malt backbone with around the same level of aggressive hopping. All the accolades heaped upon Arrogant Bastard apply here, although I am finding that the hops pop out less due to the richer malts and the booze flavor is amped up a few notches. Not a problem. Getting big pecan and walnut flavors about half way through, along with a little chocolate cake.

Body translates as quite thick, although the beer somehow remains rather attenuated in feel. Smooth. Finishes boozy and pleasantly astringent, with some resinous hops waving goodbye.

Much what one familiar with Stone would expect ... Delivers the goods, memorable, deserves its good reputation. Very late I am getting a return to the tropical fruit vibe detected earlier, thus coming full circle. Not much more one can ask.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Extremely turbid amber with an off-white head that didn’t last too long.

Smell: A bit of piney hops, faint floral smell. Mostly yeast and bread.

Taste: Mellow bitterness up front, into a dry malt backbone, again tons of yeast flavor. If you’ve had the normal Arrogant Bastard you’ll recognize the distinct flavor. Surprisingly little booze flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick with low carbonation.

Overall: A nice hearty ale. I had this about a year after the bottling date, but it was still delicious. Good balance between yeast, malt, and hops (mostly just providing bitterness at this point). I agree 100% with a lot of the reviews: this is incredibly smooth and easy to drink for an 11.2% ABV beer. If you liked Arrogant Bastard then there is no reason not to try this one; it really is appropriately named.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Keg of double bastard drank.

Photo of Kenmac19
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 release cellared for 14 months. Pours a hazy reddish brown with small head and minimal lacing. Smells like my Grandmothers Christmas Cake. Aging has mellowed out the hoppyness that was more present when it was fresh. Booziness has also mellowed. Next time I'll only age it for 6-8 months max to preserve a little better balance of the hops/malts. .

Photo of jjd315
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little too malty and extremely boozy

Photo of robert2189
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It has a great vybe

Photo of tbeckett
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A touch boozy but all in all a very in your face brew from Stone.

Photo of do_ob
2.74/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/14/14. Sampled and reviewed on February 19, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Poured a very nice dark, roasted amber. Almost red, yet, almost brown. Barely any head whatsoever, mild carbonation. Smelll is weak, but hints of hops, citrus, lemon, orange, and apples. The first sip sent a chill down my spine. Very hoppy, with hints of spices. Also citrus/lemon is pretty apparent to me. Leaves with a dry finish. Lingering zest and hops after every sip.

I really wanted to like this beer, especially after being a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale. But honestly, this one is just too much. I tried this by itself and with food, and it just dominates no matter what. Simply stronger than I prefer my beer. I decided to try it given the World Class rating, but it just didn't do it for me. Should've taken heed to the warning on the back I guess.

Photo of ryho
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I loved Arrogant Bastard, and was excited to try Double Bastard, because I thought I would like something even more intense. However, I did not enjoy this beer. It was far too much for me. Given the flavor of these two beers, maybe something called Bastard and a Half would be better for me.

Photo of SithPagan
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice oak bite...brought two...one for now..one for some years later.

Photo of nelser01
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting more hoppy like Arrogant Bastard. Flavor is more like an American Barleywine. I still prefer Double Dog as a benchmark for a double IPA.

Photo of BillCheck
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a fantastic beer. Very Malty presence accompanied by a pleasant hop bitterness along the lines of grapefruit. Also smoother than I had thought at 11%.

Photo of Jjhanlon
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome. I aged mine for about six months. Amazing strong ale.

Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bland, didnt think it tasted very good. Kinda an old taste. Like the reg way better.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard, British pint glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a lovely, rich, dark rust and ruby color. Forms about a finger of quickly dissipating, medium tan colored head. Whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 2.25 - Smell is pretty boring to me. Light touches of malt and hops with a strong imperial pilsner aroma.
T - 3 - Beer is quite a malt bomb, definitely needs time to age even though the labeling states to enjoy fresh as well. Upfront there are sweet extremely malty tones, reminiscent of an imperial IPA that has sat too long, but in someway you can tell it is intentional here. This fades into the classic, over the top hoppy bitterness Arogant Bastard is known and loved for. There are some more subtle notes of things like raisins and dark fruits in the back, but these but is just too malty for me.
F - 3.75 - Decent bodied beer.
O - 3 - Middle of the road score here. Wish I had let it age a bit longer, but Stone should not encourage the drinking of this beer fresh on their bottle! I think more breweries should follow in the footsteps of Deschutes and put a best AFTER date on their bottle! All in all, and OK beer as is, can taste potential with some aging though!

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,236 ratings.